Nathe Lawver has announced he is running for Tacoma City Council, District 1. Lawver has spent much of the past 10 years working on policy to improve the lives of hard-working people in the city of Tacoma, including the City’s landmark minimum wage increase and paid sick leave laws.
He is endorsed by Anders Ibsen who currently holds the position and is term limited out of running for a third term.
“District 1 deserves a Council member who will work hard, ask tough questions, and mean what he says,” Ibsen said in the campaign announcement. “My friend Nathe Lawver is someone you can trust to deliver the honest and responsible representation that you expect from City Hall. I’m proud to endorse him!”
Lawver made the announcement before a group of community leaders at the Pierce County Central Labor Council Wednesday night.
“Tacoma is a great community, but for many folks, the opportunity to do better is at risk. I’ve heard from many seniors and working women and men who are struggling with increasing housing costs, and are stuck with wages that barely keep up,” Lawver said. “For Tacoma to do better, we all need to do better. Improving the everyday lives of Tacomans is why I am running. Whether it’s affordable housing, repairing and improving our infrastructure, or seeing to it that mental health needs are being met for everyone, these are important issues for my family and for the residents of District 1.”
In addition to his background as a labor leader, Lawver has served as Chairman of the Pierce County Human Services Coalition and on the Tacoma Environmental Services Commission. He’s a founding board member of the Sweet Hope Foundation serving orphans and was a member of Healthy Tacoma. He is also a member of the United Way board. He lives in the North End with his wife, Alicia, three children, two dogs, and a cat named Nova.